Scale Aircraft Modelling, Vol. 35, Issue 8

Published: November 5th, 2013     
Reviewed by: 
Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Scale Aircraft Modelling
Other Publication Information: Monthly magazine, color photos
Price: $7.25
Product / Stock #: Vol. 35, Issue 8

Each issue of Scale Aircraft Modelling follows a basic design and format. There are usually two Feature Articles, an Aviation in Profile piece, industry news, and a series of Compact Build Reviews. This is my first chance to review this magazine and I am impressed.

The Feature Articles for this issue cover a Revell 1/32 BAE Hawk and AZ Models 1/48 Heinkel He70. The Hawk build by Brian Wakeman covers building the Revell Hawk kit with an Aires seat, SAC landing gear, and Airframe decals for an African scheme. He covers the build thoroughly, including the need for replacement seats and his painting and weathering techniques using oils and variations in paint colors.

The other Feature Article takes AZ Models' 1/48th He70 and makes it a showstopper. This is one of the best magazine articles I have seen in a very long time. Philippe Roger takes the limited run kit and scratchbuilds the interior out of sheet and bits. The landing gear is scratchbuilt and detailed. In the end, the Spanish He70 is phenomenal and this alone would make the magazine worthwhile. It is lavishly illustrated.

The Aviation in Profile article covers the F-102 Delta Dagger (after an excellent article by Juan Contreras on Meng's 1/72 F-102). The profile drawings by Mike Rolf show the F-102 in various camouflage schemes with notes on each profile. This is accompanied by an article on Convair interceptors by Tony Butlers which works its way up to the F-102 and beyond.

As is the case in each issue of SAM, there are a number of Compact Build Reviews:

  1. The aforementioned Meng 1/72nd F-102 build in SEA camouflage by Juan Contreras
  2. Hasegawa F-106 build by Seb Videc
  3. Revell 1/32 He-219 by Thomas Williams showing his method for painting the camouflage
  4. Kinetic 1/48th F-5A/CF-5a by Mark Elliot in Canadian aggressor markings
  5. Special Hobby 1/72nd IMAM Romeo Ro57 by Girolamo Lorusso
  6. Hasegawa 1/48th F-16A by Larry Clark in Israeli markings
  7. Special Hobby 1/48th Fairey Firefly Mk 1 by Dai Williams

In addition, there are numerous notes, new kit announcements, and other modeling-related items. As always, SAM is highly recommended for its content and excellent reference information.

Thanks to Scale Aircraft Modelling and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review the October issue.

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